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#1 vladdy16

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 11:13 AM

Looks like the Wings moved east in the nick of time.  Preds are forcing Hawks fans to buy a ticket to a non-Hawks game if they want to see the Hawks play in Nashville.  Seems to me this is going to backfire on them.  Looks like revenue sharing and Wings and Hawks fans being the only reason that team has lasted this long isn't enough for them.  It also seems to me that this is going to have a very negative effect on the local businesses as well.  

Is it me or is this a "What the hell are they thinking" move?


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 11:26 AM

Looks like the Wings moved east in the nick of time.  Preds are forcing Hawks fans to buy a ticket to a non-Hawks game if they want to see the Hawks play in Nashville.  Seems to me this is going to backfire on them.  Looks like revenue sharing and Wings and Hawks fans being the only reason that team has lasted this long isn't enough for them.  It also seems to me that this is going to have a very negative effect on the local businesses as well.  
Is it me or is this a "What the hell are they thinking" move?


How will they know if you're a hawks fan or not? If you buy a preds fan ticket and wear a hawks jersey do they not let you in? Do they check to see if you wear hawks shirt under another shirt? This is just stupidity

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 11:29 AM

If you buy a ticket to a Preds-Hawks game you have to buy a ticket for a different game against someone else too, and I think you can only get them if you live in certain zip codes, or they're releasing them in those areas first or something like that.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 11:33 AM

If you buy a ticket to a Preds-Hawks game you have to buy a ticket for a different game against someone else too, and I think you can only get them if you live in certain zip codes, or they're releasing them in those areas first or something like that.


They can't force you to buy multiple tickets, nor can they stop hawks fans living in Nashville from buying tickets
Also it's discrimination, and shouldn't even be allowed

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 11:44 AM

Even Nashville fans who buy tickets to the Hawks game need to buy a second non-Hawks game ticket.  The only ones this doesn't apply to are STHs.


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 11:45 AM

If you buy a ticket to a Preds-Hawks game you have to buy a ticket for a different game against someone else too, and I think you can only get them if you live in certain zip codes, or they're releasing them in those areas first or something like that.


It doesn't sound like it's even that specific. The policy is for anyone buying tickets to any game against the Hawks, so they're punishing their own fan base as well.
 

According to Nashville Predators President and Chief Operating Officer Sean Henry, speaking with Section 303, the Preds will not allow single game ticket sales for their three home dates against Central Division rival Chicago on Nov. 16, Dec. 17 and April 12, 2014.
If you want tickets to those games, you’ll have to buy tickets to a second non-Blackhawks game too.


And if you’re a Nashville fan bitter than you have to buy two games to get to see the defending Stanley Cup champions? Henry said tells Section 303: “We’ve built in a plan where they can donate the ticket back to members of the military,” he said.

In a way, this is no different than variable pricing plans: It’s a way to gouge the invading fans and profit from them. The Buffalo Sabres jack up the prices for their Toronto Maple Leafs games on the assumption that they can’t keep visiting Ontarians out of the building. So, might as well make some coin off them.

But just like variable pricing, the home fans take some damage too. Sabres fans pay a premium for rivalry games. Wanna see Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in Nashville? You have to buy tickets to another game.
Donating those tickets is great and all, but if I have a family of four that can only afford to blow it out for one regular-season game a year … guess it won’t be a key Central Division rivalry game against Chicago.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 11:48 AM

Lots of teams charge more when premium teams are in town.  This is just the most convoluted plot I've seen.  (Granted, I don't see a lot of plots.)

 

I suppose, technically, it hurts the folks coming down from Chicago because they're less likely to want to see one of the other games, but if you can afford to travel from Chicago, stay in Nashville, and go to the game, you can probably afford to buy the ticket to the extra game and sell it later.  The catch is that you have to find someone to sell it to that actually wants to watch the Preds play.

 

That might be difficult in person, but with modern technology, it shouldn't be that bad.  Savvy Hawks fans will realize that buying their extra ticket to a game played with a nearby opponent (St. Louis comes to mind) would make the re-sell easier.  Savvy St. Louis fans are probably planning to buy their tickets on StubHub.

 

At the end of the day, it's another gimmick that has gotten the Preds some free publicity.

 

No news yet as to whether or not Blackhawks fans will be required to buy some of that melted Golden Ice.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 11:53 AM

From the linked article:

 

And (for the pre-sale) only those in the zip codes that we unlock can buy the Blackhawk game and a second game. So we’re breaking down every barrier we can to Keep the Red Out.

 

So it's just for the pre-sale that the Hawks zip codes can't buy the tickets.

 

That still doesn't forbid someone from another area from getting them.  If the Hawks are as organized as LGW, this will be a minor inconvenience.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 12:02 PM

I hope this backfires on them...sucks to suck!

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 12:07 PM

So all you have to do is buy the single game tickets on ebay or stubhub and you don't have to buy the second game at all.  No big deal.  The Predators should worry more about how crappy their offense is as opposed to how many visitors fans are in the building...



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 12:31 PM

This is a very unique way to create a "rivalry".


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 12:33 PM

I hate Hawks bandwagoners as much as the next guy. But come on Preds, this is quite ridiculous. And to be honest, this kind of thing should be banned by the NHL


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 02:26 PM

Um... Couldn't a hawks fan just buy a ticket off stub hub or something? Just buy their one ticket like everyone does and move on? I don't think this will keep many hawks fans out of their building...



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 02:28 PM

If you think this is a new phenomenon, you haven't bought tickets to a sports event in quite some time. The Preds are not the first team in sports, professional or otherwise, that have done something like this nor will they be the last.  Nothing to see here...



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 03:23 PM

If you think this is a new phenomenon, you haven't bought tickets to a sports event in quite some time.

I've bought tickets for every Detroit sports team and several UofM football games every year for the past 13-15 years, and I've never heard of a team double-charging a specific fan-base (and no other fan-bases). Also, your statement makes no sense considering no Michigan sports teams have done this, so how would not buying tickets lately correlate to knowing or not knowing about this? Zero logic there buddy


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 03:55 PM

This is sadly something more and more sports teams are trying. Hardly about keeping the Hawks out of the buildingl, it's about making Hawks and Preds fans to buy tickets against the less attractive teams too.

My hometown club did the same thing and it backfired on them, most people went to the secondary market and bought tickets from season ticket holders, they made a killing with it and the club itself less, well deserved in my opinion.


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 04:58 PM

I hope this backfires badly...  I will laugh if other team fans swarm Nashville.  This is ridiculous.  We dont see Florida getting mad at Wings fans for being the majority at their home games



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 06:13 PM

Didn't Phoenix use to double ticket prices in past years when the Wings came to town? 


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 07:15 PM

I've bought tickets for every Detroit sports team and several UofM football games every year for the past 13-15 years, and I've never heard of a team double-charging a specific fan-base (and no other fan-bases). Also, your statement makes no sense considering no Michigan sports teams have done this, so how would not buying tickets lately correlate to knowing or not knowing about this? Zero logic there buddy

 

See the post right below yours.  MANY teams, maybe not the ones you've bought tix for, make you buy not just one additional game if you want a matchup against a top team (like the Hawks in the case of the NHL) but several make you buy a multi-game packs if you want to get tickets to a game like that & they've been doing that for years.  You do realize that the sports world extends beyond the state of Michigan right?  So yes, for those of us that buy tickets outside of your limited experience, there is certainly logic there.  And btw I'm not your buddy, pal.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 07:22 PM

How will they know if you're a hawks fan or not? If you buy a preds fan ticket and wear a hawks jersey do they not let you in? Do they check to see if you wear hawks shirt under another shirt? This is just stupidity

 

Good point.  How do they know what team you're a fan of other than what you're wearing?  


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